Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Chicago’s First Gay Neighborhood

By Sarah Friedmann Pride month is one full of both celebration and commemoration for the LGBT+ community. Every June, cities around the world hold pride festivals and parades to honor the anniversary of WBEZ reported. As Tracy Baim, a gay historian and founder of the Windy City Times, described to the outlet, in the 60s gay communities were scattered around the city, with many of the communities centered around downtown, River North, and Tower Town in the mid part of the last century. Chicagos Lake View neighborhood, including the Lake View communities of Triangle Neighbors and Belmont Harbor, was also home to many members of the citys LGBT+ community in the 60s and early 70s, discriminatory treatment from police, politicians, …